Office of Personnel Management breach exposes personal information of 21 million federal employees


In 2015, Chinese hackers stole sensitive information including social security numbers and residency, employment, educational, and medical histories concerning more than 21 million people from the US Office of Personnel Management. OPM houses this information about all federal employees along with others such as their spouses and co-habitants. The breach affected anyone who had undergone a background check as long previously as 2000.Also stolen were the user names and passwords used to fill out application forms as well as fingerprints and findings from interviews.

Writer: Raya Jalabi
Publication: Guardian

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